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Counter Air Defense: Deterrence Equally as Strong

While having a variety of response options is ideal for nuclear weapons, it is not necessary to develop more low-yield weapons to have credible deterrence. Rather than spending a significant portion of the estimated $1.2 trillion on developing a new weapon that should never be used, the United States should be investing that money into developing tools and delivery mechanisms like the B-21 that are more versatile than an SLBM.Read more...

DNI Worldwide Threat Assessment Notes Climate Security Threats

As a part of the Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats’ testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released the latest Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community, outlining the major threats to national security around the world. From cyber to terrorism to space, the assessment provides insight into what the U.S. Intelligence Community is most concerned about. One of the threats referenced at the end of the assessment is the impact of climate change on human security. This shows that the Intelligence Community continues to take climate security seriously in this Administration, as they should. Still, the section leaves some room for improvement; missing an opportunity to illustrate how the impact of climate change interacts with other threats.Read more...

Low-Yield Warheads in the Nuclear Posture Review

Last week, the Department of Defense released the 2018 Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) and in it, stated its commitment to modernizing the U.S. nuclear arsenal by including the creation of a low-yield nuclear warhead. While the Department of Defense reasons that updating the United States’ nuclear capabilities is needed to retain the ability to respond to nuclear threats abroad, critics argue that creating new, “more efficient” nuclear weapons lowers the threshold for potential nuclear war. Read more...